The Archaeology Center welcomes applicants from those who wish to spend a period of time affiliated with the Center as Visiting Scholars. There is a lively intellectual community at the Center in which Visitors are welcome to take part. Generally the Center does not provide funding for Visiting Scholars, but it can from time to time provide work space in the Center and provide access to libraries and facilities.
Those wishing to apply should write at least 6 months in advance to the Director of the Archaeology Center indicating the purpose of the visit, funding, and enclosing a CV.
Saša gained her Ph.D. from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is currently an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, part of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Saša’s research focuses on the archaeology of religion with regional foci spanning Europe, North Africa, Latin America and the Indian Ocean. Her initial investigations centered on the Balkans and studied the role of medieval architecture and the integration of elements of power into sacred landscapes. More recently, she has developed her research to incorporate anthropological as well as archaeological perspectives in a study of identity construction, using religion and religious expression by descendent communities on formerly colonised island enclaves; her principle case study is Mauritius.
In addition, she has broad fieldwork and research experience in her native Slovenia, on the Adriatic islands and inland in Bosnia and Herzegovina focusing on religious ‘topographies’. Further afield, she has incorporating key temple and tomb sites at Kom Llola and Deir el-Bahri, Luxor, West bank, Egypt into her research on the role of sacred architecture; and performed landscape based archaeological reconnaissance in the central Yucatan peninsula looking at the distribution and significance of ritual structures within Mayan civilisation.
Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil (Visiting Student Researcher, 2013-14)
I am excited to be starting my second year as a Visiting Student Researcher housed in Lynn Meskell's lab. My research focuses on the complex historical issues that form the backdrop/impetus for Indigenous cultural heritage repatriation claims, including colonial assimilation laws prohibiting cultural expression, deprivation of traditional territories and resources, forced relocation and residential schools. I enjoyed participating this year in the Stanford-France Conference and will contribute a piece on ‘Challenges for Implementing UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation in Canada’ to a volume edited by Dr. Sophia Labadi and Professor Bill Logan. I am also working on a chapter for a volume edited by Dr. Paul Basu based on a paper I presented at a March 2013 UCL/British Museum symposium on how a totem pole repatriated by Sweden to the Haisla Nation in British Columbia acted as a mediator between colonized and colonizer cultures. I spent this summer doing fieldwork in British Columbia interviewing First Nations Elders for my Masters thesis on “Understanding and Resolving Indigenous Cultural Heritage Repatriation Disputes”, and finishing a paper analyzing the impact of UNDRIP on the contentious new Canadian Museum of History for inclusion in ‘A New Millennium for Indigenous Rights’ edited by Dr. Sarah Sargent. I will complete my Masters in Law degree at the University of British Columbia this year. Previously, I completed BAs in Art History and International Relations at Stanford, a JD at the University of Toronto, and practiced as a corporate and dispute resolution attorney.
Gertjan obtained his Ph.D. from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2013 and currently works as a postdoc funded by the BAEF (Belgian American Education Fund). In his dissertation, titled “Heritages in the Making: Social embodiment of cultural heritage objects and places in the multicultural Altai Republic”, Gertjan investigated how different social groups in a radically changing multi-cultural post-socialist arena utilized, created and maintained cultural heritage. Based on ethnographic research in the Altai Republic (Siberia, Russia), the different heritage discourses at play in southeast Russia were scrutinized and contextualized. Through appraising both the heritage agenda and activism of native Siberian peoples, Russian archaeologists, the Kremlin, multi-national corporations (Gazprom) and displaced Slavic groups Gertjan was able to uncover the logic behind the various ways of engaging with the past in post-Soviet Russia. Although various heritage-related themes were investigated, Gertjan’s findings were especially based on the investigation of conflicts over archaeological objects and natural heritage. As such he also investigated themes such as archaeological ethics, indigenous epistemologies, nationalism, heritage tourism, cultural landscapes and repatriation. In his current research project Gertjan attempts to expand and contextualize his research in Russian to other emerging economic powers (BRICS and broader Southeast Asia). He specifically aims to investigate how newly developing nations engage with heritage in relation with indigenous activism, national identity, tourism and economic development. Gertjan's other interests are public archaeology, landscape archaeology, 3D documentation and material culture studies.